Parliament backs visa waiver agreements with five Pacific states
Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 dicembre 2016
The European Parliament backed on Thursday short-stay visa waiver agreements between the EU and the states of Kiribati, Micronesia, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands and Marshall Islands. EU citizens will be able to travel visa-free to the five Pacific countries, and their citizens to the EU, for stays of up to 90 days within any 180-day period.The visa waiver covers all categories of persons (ordinary, diplomatic, service/official and special passport holders) travelling for all kinds of purposes, except for carrying out a paid activity.
According to Parliament´s rapporteur for the agreements, Mariya Gabriel (EPP, BG), the visa deals represent a culmination of the deepening of relations with those countries and show the EU´s commitment to the region. The EU is currently negotiating Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreements with fourteen Pacific countries, including these five.